(College of Letters and Science)
Colin Milburn, Ph.D., Program Director
The Major Program
The Science and Technology Studies (STS) major brings the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences to bear on the analysis and synthesis of science, technology, and medicine. It considers science, technology, and medicine, in tandem with their social, political, and economic contexts. The major combines history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, environmental studies, literature and media studies, as well as law and business studies to address the impacts and implications of science, technology, and medicine. The major allows students to pursue a broader understanding of science than is available within a traditional science major, and it provides important skills for interpreting science, technology, and medicine in relation to society and culture.
The Program. Graduation with a degree in Science and Technology Studies requires completion of courses in the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences - courses in STS. Upper- division work includes twelve units from each of two different STS concentration (“modules”) and twelve units (plus prerequisites) providing depth, concentration, and field work in the sciences. The STS modules
Career Alternatives. The STS major enables students to analyze science and allied practices from historical, philosophical, sociological, political, anthropological, and cultural perspectives. STS prepares students for careers that address the broader ramifications of science, technology
Faculty Advisor. The current Director of STS is also available for advising by appointment.